Guillevic’s Geometries


  1. Leon Cych
    Leon Cych May 14, 2011 at 10:11 am .

    I have been a big fan of Guillevec's since the 70's and it inspired me to write a whole sequence on numbers published in Iron Magazine UK – helped kick off my poetry writing career with a bang. Wonderful memories reading his stuff in the Poetry Library on London's SOuthNabk poerty library. Thank you 🙂

  2. Anonymous
    Anonymous April 19, 2011 at 6:13 pm .

    I've been reading Guillevic's _Art poétique_ Black Widow Press, Boston, 2009, He seems so minimalist: one very distilled or condensed poem can say so much, it's amazing. I like these geometric poems you posted. They seem a bit humorous but not frivolous.

  3. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison April 4, 2011 at 2:30 pm .

    A wonderful post, Bob—and thanks for the link! I like your observation that writing at length on such short poems seems illogical; but of course it isn't: the number of words has little to do with the imaginal space they create!

  4. bonxie
    bonxie April 3, 2011 at 7:15 pm .

    I much appreciated your blog on Guillevic, one of the great poets of the latter half of the 20th century. I read much of Guillevic in French and had the pleasure of meeting him once, though he would not have known who I was. I've just posted a blog referring to Guillevic and link to your post. Many thanks.

  5. Anonymous
    Anonymous March 23, 2011 at 5:03 pm .

    pee est:<br /><br />&quot;comedy&quot; back in Dante&#39;s time didn&#39;t have the same meaning that it has now…<br /><br />I mean, he didn&#39;t title that poem<br /> <br /> The Devine HA HA HA, I Slipped on a Banana Peel<br /><br />you&#39;ll most likely find that Dante was provoked by a cute, young girl….. who rejected him<br /> so, he went into his studies … entirely<br /><

  6. Anonymous
    Anonymous March 23, 2011 at 4:51 pm .

    ahhhh…<br />an &#39;enso&#39; is a &quot;perfect&quot;, &quot;empty&quot; circle<br /> one meditates upon<br />it is also<br /> for me<br /><br />the circumference that surrounds/contains everything<br /><br />like, in mathematical terms is that &#39;thing&#39; in set theory<br />that contains, embraces all the &quot;sands-of-time&quot;<br /> <br />

  7. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison March 23, 2011 at 3:18 pm .

    &quot;Cthonic&quot; means &quot;from underground&quot;—a half joke, really. Stone Girl? Hmm?<br /><br />Maybe it&#39;s a romantic-spiritual comedy…<br /><br />I don&#39;t know, I&#39;ve been trying to think about how to talk about the book. You write (and draw) in ways that make talk beside the point. (A good thing.) And I&#39;m not up to something along the lines Conrad does in his intro. I

  8. Ed Baker
    Ed Baker March 23, 2011 at 3:08 pm .

    just might be…I don&#39;t know much about this &quot;Religious &#39;stuff&#39;&quot;. My brand of Religion is a ….mish-mash catch-me-if-you-can type of thing: any way::<br /><br />what&#39;s &quot;cthonic&quot; ? is this &quot;athonic&quot; as those Greek Orthodox monks who live in monasteries high up?<br /><br />maybe &quot;avatar&quot; in the &#39;true&#39; sense of the Hindu meaning

  9. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison March 23, 2011 at 2:44 pm .

    Speaking of plinths, I&#39;ve suddenly begun to think of Stone Girl (I&#39;m in volume 4) as a cthonic avatar of the same light-borne whatever-we-call-it at the center of Samperi&#39;s work. May be just a passing fancy….

  10. Ed Baker
    Ed Baker March 22, 2011 at 6:34 pm .

    NEAT… a poet with a sense &amp; humor..<br /><br />his line (as it s translated one way ( &quot;Nothing more can happen here.&quot;<br />reminds me of a re:ply to a letter from (^#@ *^&amp;%#!)<br />years ago I wrote:<br /><br />&quot;noh-thing much happens here, either.&quot;<br /><br /><br />moochouse grasses for the intro to Guillevic<br /><br />will look for the Levertov translations … as

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